Friday, August 29, 2008

can you hear it?

We had our 2nd doctor appointment yesterday, at 13 weeks, 3 days. Thankfully, all is well! It was a short and sweet appointment. Our doctor, Dr. C, (who ROCKS, by the way) officially set our due date as February 28th. Not that that is too set in stone, since Cletus will come when he or she is good and ready.

We got to hear the heartbeat, which was fantastic! It was lub-dubbing away at 160 beats per minute, keeping consistent with the 158 we saw at the ultrasound. There's some old medical myths that a heart rate above 140 bpm means it's a girl, and below 140 points to a boy. There's been several studies (based on my Googling) that have shot this down, but it seems to hold true for my friends who found out. Mindy said Asher's heart rate is usually in the 120s, so maybe it will hold true for us. I don't care, I'm happy with a football player or a cheerleader. :o)

Speaking of gender, we'll find that out on October 1st. Yay! I put a little poll over there <- on the left where you can vote for whether you think Cletus is a he or a she! :)

Otherwise, all is well, still. Dr. C says that Mindy and I have good genes when it comes to pregnancy. We've both been blessed with not being sick, and really having no symptoms to speak of. So thanks mom, we owe ya one. ;)


Do you have your Husker red on today?? I'm so excited for football! We even watched 2 boring college games last night just because it was "real" football for the first time in 8 months! Hallelujah!

Have a great weekend, and Go Big Red!

Monday, August 25, 2008

lucky 13

Cletus is 13 weeks today! A few development notes:
  • Wowee! You've nearly made it through the first trimester! There are a lot of things going on this week! All twenty teeth have formed and are waiting (teething is yet to come!). Your baby is nearly three inches long from crown to rump (CR) and has already developed their own unique set of finger prints. As for you, you should be proud you've made it through the first trimester. You've probably started to notice that it's really getting time to do some maternity clothes shopping eh?

Not much new this week for us. I'm still feeling fine; I feel like a broken record.

A few weeks ago I mentioned we were thisclose to getting daycare figured out, and now I can tell you we have it all squared away! We're both really excited. Cletus will be going to play at Mrs. A's daycare while mom and dad are at work. Mrs. A actually watched Joey and his 2 brothers when they were babies, so we trust her completely. It's so great that Cletus can be at a family friend's home during the day, and Joey and I will be completely stress-free knowing that she (or he!) is in great care. Cletus will start there in early June (or so) once my 12 (fabulous) weeks of maternity leave are over.

That's pretty much the only baby thing we have done so far. We have pondered over a few cribs, and checked out some paint colors, but all is on hold until the magical appointment when we can find out Cletus' gender. Hopefully 8 weeks from now, or so.

We have our second appointment on Thursday of this week. It should be a pretty short appointment as we chose not to do the quad screening (no they don't screen for 4 babies, just for 4 genetic diseases, it took me a minute to figure it out. :o).

5 days until Husker football!! Husker Nation is abuzz with anticipation. We'll be glued to the tv at 6:05 on Saturday.

Have a great week!

Monday, August 18, 2008

12 weeks!

The last week of the first trimester is underway! I know some people are eager for the arrival of the second trimester because it means some symptoms will go away, but hopefully I won't notice the transition. I've been pretty blessed by how great I've been feeling. Still a few weird queasies every now and then, but all in all I can't complain.

My tummy is getting a teeny bit rounder (as if it started off flat - ha! :o) and a bit harder. It's nice to have something tangible to measure this pregnancy against, since I've really had such a lack of symptoms elsewhere.

Here's this week's notes on Cletus' development:
Your little one is around two whole inches long and their head is starting to lift a bit as their neck straightens. What's more they're practicing breathing using amniotic fluid and they've developed their sucking reflexes. As for you, your pregnancy is now becoming a fact which others can observe without you telling them that no, you're not just putting on a bit of weight.

The most dramatic development this week: reflexes. Your baby's fingers will soon begin to open and close, his toes will curl, his eye muscles will clench, and his mouth will make sucking movements. In fact, if you prod your abdomen, your baby will squirm in response, although you won't be able to feel it. His intestines, which have grown so fast that they protrude into the umbilical cord, will start to move into his abdominal cavity about now, and his kidneys will begin excreting urine into his bladder.Meanwhile, nerve cells are multiplying rapidly, and in your baby's brain, synapses are forming furiously. His face looks unquestionably human: His eyes have moved from the sides to the front of his head, and his ears are right where they should be. From crown to rump, your baby-to-be is just over 2 inches long (about the size of a lime) and weighs half an ounce.

If you look at the floating baby over there <-, he's looking decidedly less alien-like, and more human-like all the time!
In other baby news... the hospital where I'll deliver just opened up a brand new "Family Birthplace" last weekend. It's really fantastic, from everything I've seen. The rooms look like hotel rooms! It'll give me something to look forward to, when I'm in vast amounts of pain, right? :) Here's a link to their website, and if you click "View the Video" you can get a quick sneak peek.

What we've been up to lately:

  • Joey and I were on vacation last week - though we didn't go anywhere, we just had a bit of a "staycation". We DID get a ton of house projects done - we took out the carpet in the living room (anyone want to come refinish the hardwood floor in there?); took 2 pickup loads of river rock to the dump (because the previous owners thought it would be neat in the backyard, it wasn't); planted some perennials in the backyard, and put up a big wire fence around them to keep the 2 canine offenders away from them - so far it's working but it looks a bit like someone or something is buried there, with the fence and the flowers and everything...; moved the office out of the office so that it can start to become a nursery, first it's going to serve as a guest room until we can get the bed downstairs. Whew!
  • We've managed to watch more Olympics coverage than is entirely necessary. Go USA!
  • We've hopefully (keep your fingers crossed) lined up daycare for the little bean. Yes we're that anal retentive.

That's all for now, have a great week!

Thursday, August 14, 2008


Someone sent me to this fun website: It allows you to upload pictures of the mom and dad and then combines their features to show you what your baby could look like. I was skeptical, but thought I'd play along. This is what it gave us:

I think we could definitely claim her as ours. :) Joey says she has "weird things" in her hair. I explained the braids and said if we have a girl, he better get used to them. He has a bit to learn... :)

Monday, August 11, 2008

11 weeks

Happy 11 weeks, Cletus! A bit of info on development this week:

Your baby, just over 1 1/2 inches long and about the size of a fig, is now almost fully formed. Her hands will soon open and close into fists, tiny tooth buds are beginning to appear under her gums, and some of her bones are beginning to harden. She's already busy kicking and stretching, and her tiny movements are so effortless they look like water ballet. These movements will become more frequent as her body grows and becomes more developed and functional. You won't feel your baby's acrobatics for another month or two — nor will you notice the hiccupping that may be happening now that her diaphragm is forming.


A bit on what we've been up to...
  • Joey and I are both on vacation this week. We're not going anywhere this time, just hanging around the house for a "stay-cation". :o) We have some yard work to do and maybe a few house projects that I can add to the honey-do list.
  • We're VERY excited for Husker football to begin - 18 days and 22 hours to go!
  • Are you watching the Olympics?? I'm hooked as usual. Joey watches with me when pre-season football isn't on (which is a rarity the last few days).


Hope you're doing well! We're just counting down until our next appointment on the 28th. I'm still feeling pretty well, knock on wood.

Monday, August 4, 2008

happy 10 weeks!

Cletus is officially 10 weeks today! You can take a peek over there on the left to see what he or she might look like about now. Looking less alien-like and more baby-like every day! :)

Baby development:
Though he's barely the size of a kumquat — a little over an inch or so long, crown to bottom — and weighs less than a quarter of an ounce, your baby has now completed the most critical portion of his development. This is the beginning of the so-called fetal period, a time when the tissues and organs in his body rapidly grow and mature.He's swallowing fluid and kicking up a storm. Vital organs — including his kidneys, intestines, brain, and liver (now making red blood cells in place of the disappearing yolk sac) — are in place and starting to function, though they'll continue to develop throughout your pregnancy.If you could take a peek inside your womb, you'd spot minute details, like tiny nails forming on fingers and toes (no more webbing) and peach-fuzz hair beginning to grow on tender skin.In other developments: Your baby's limbs can bend now. His hands are flexed at the wrist and meet over his heart, and his feet may be long enough to meet in front of his body. The outline of his spine is clearly visible through translucent skin, and spinal nerves are beginning to stretch out from his spinal cord. Your baby's forehead temporarily bulges with his developing brain and sits very high on his head, which measures half the length of his body. From crown to rump, he's about 1 1/4 inches long. In the coming weeks, your baby will again double in size — to nearly 3 inches.

Today's FAQ:
Will you and Joey find out the baby's gender?
Heck yes we'll find out!! Those of you who know me should know I'm wayyyyy too much of a planner not to find out. No yellow or green nursery for us! It's going to be blue or pink... or maybe orange? (I'm completely convinced Cletus is a she, I will be shocked (and equally overjoyed) if it's a boy). Joey's a little apprehensive of having a girl - he did agree not to send it back if it was a girl though, progress at least! So those of you with girls (other than my parents, you don't count!) should leave Joey a note and tell him why a girl wouldn't be the worst thing in the world.

Leave us a comment if you're reading, we're excited that you found us! :)

Friday, August 1, 2008


Hey! Glad you found us! We've set this blog up so our family and friends (that's you!) can keep up with our adventures. First a brief update on what we've been up to:
  • You know by now we're expecting our first baby! If you didn't, SURPRISE! Cletus (the code name for the baby, for now - don't worry we're NOT really naming him or her Cletus) is due March 2, 2009. So far everything has been pretty great - just a few queasies here and there and I've been pretty tired. My mom reminds me "you haven't seen anything yet" to keep me in check. :o) Oh, and I have a sense of smell to rival a drug-sniffing dog... that's been interesting.
  • Joey is finished with school, as of today!! Tada!! He's finally a college graduate, and we're both so very excited that he's done.
  • We're loving our first house - there's always a home improvement project on the horizon it seems. Next up: the nursery.
That about catches you up with everything new for now. Add this site as a favorite, we'll have updates often!

Lots of love!
alison and joey